ELAA e-News June 1 2016
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Keep funding 15 hours

The Federal Government funding contribution that makes 15 hours of kindergarten available for all children for forty weeks in the year before school remains in doubt beyond 2017.

In a bid to end the uncertainty for service providers and parents, ELAA launched its Keep Funding 15 hours campaign at the annual Together We Grow conference on 27 May.

We urge all political parties to commit to continuing Commonwealth funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education – which expires in December 2017.

Australian and international research demonstrates that an increased dosage of quality early learning benefits children’s educational and social development – and is a driver of future economic prosperity.

Our children deserve a minimum of 15 hours of preschool (for forty weeks); educators and services need certainty of funding to plan for the future; and parents and families need to be protected against unaffordable increases to kindergarten fees.

You can show your support for ELAA’s Keep Funding 15 Hours campaign by:
  • signing the petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asking for an ongoing commitment from the Coalition and Labor to funding 15 hours
  • like and share Keep Funding 15 hours campaign promotions on ELAA’s Facebook page
  • include information about the campaign in your communications and spread the word wherever you can.
We need to take the opportunity presented by this election campaign to ensure politicians of all parties make an ongoing commitment to our children’s future.

2016 Early Childhood Education Conference Together we grow - connecting communities

Over 850 conference delegates attended the 2016 Early Childhood Education Conference Together we grow – connecting communities on 27 and 28 May.

It was inspiring to hear from an amazing array of presenters on a diverse range of topics and to spend time with educators and service providers who have such a strong commitment to continuously improving quality early learning programs for children.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the conference a success: delegates, speakers, trade exhibitors, sponsors, the Conference Organising Committee, and staff from ELAA and Gowrie Victoria who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.

We hope to make many of the Conference presentations available on the website - - over the coming weeks.

Work has commenced to put together next year’s program and we look forward to bringing together another inspiring and challenging group of experts, thinkers and practitioners in 2017.

VECTEA Implementation

Our application for approval of the new enterprise agreement for Victorian early childhood teachers and educators was filed with the Fair Work Commission on 6 May – and ELAA and Australian Education Union members are keenly awaiting the Commission’s decision.

A special bulletin regarding the availability of a ‘Pre-implementation Kit’ providing guidance about key steps that services must take in preparation for implementation of the new agreement was sent to members last week. Members can download the kit from the Members Only section of the ELAA website.

Shane Lucas, Chief Executive Officer

Grants for mentoring beginning early childhood teachers in isolated locations

The Victorian Department of Education and Training will provide a limited number of grants to services who are willing to release a trained teacher mentor to support a beginning teacher working in an isolated location.

Grants of up to $4000 are available to trained early childhood teacher mentors who wish to mentor a beginning early childhood teacher who works in an outer regional or remote Victorian location or works in a stand-alone early childhood education and care service where mentoring is not available.

The grants will be administered by Early Childhood Australia on behalf of DET and the application round will close on 1 July 2016.

Beginning teachers looking to be matched with a trained mentor are encouraged to complete the application form for mentees.

For more information call 1300 651 662 or email

Early Learning: Everyone Benefits

ELAA is proud to be a leading partner in the national Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign, working with Early Childhood Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, The Parenthood, UnitingCare, Australian Community Children’s Services and many other sector organisations.

The campaign was officially launched by former Governor-General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, in Brisbane on 6 May and aims to raise community awareness about the value of early education and care to children’s educational and social development – and to the future economic prosperity of the nation.

The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign is encouraging educators, parents, service providers and all with an interest in early education and care to help build support for the campaign by sharing campaign content via Facebook or sharing details of the Everyone Benefits website and putting information into your bulletins.

Sharing online will help build momentum and community support for greater investment in early learning for our children. A video from the campaign launch has been released which – in less than two minutes - outlines what the campaign aims to achieve: access to quality early learning for all children.

Worksafe Victoria inspections

ELAA recently met with officers from Worksafe Victoria, which is currently conducting workplace inspections in the early childhood education and care sector. At any time, Worksafe Victoria is entitled to access a service premises during working hours to conduct a workplace inspection.
As part of our consultancy services, ELAA offers Occupational Health and Safety inspections of premises to assist services to identify health and safety hazards/risks, and make services safe for staff, children and visitors. For more details about this service, please contact us on 03 9439 3500.
We also work with Recovre to present a one day seminar on OH&S and return to work. The tailored course targets employers and managers from early childhood services. The next seminar will be held on Thursday, 21 July at the Darebin Bowls Club. Download a flyer about the seminar and click here to book.

Toddler behaviour toolkit

The Raising Children Network has developed a toolkit of articles and videos to help early childhood educators and parents  learn more about toddler behaviour.

Every Toddler Talking trial

The Victorian Government has launched a research trial - Every Toddler Talking - to help babies and children develop their communication, language and social skills.

Investigating the link between these skills and success in later life, the two-phase trial provides early childhood educators with evidence-based strategies to help children under the age of three. Phase two of the trial is currently being tested in 21 early childhood education and care services across Victoria.


2015-16 ACECQA National Workshops on Agency of the Child

Bookings are now open for workshops focusing on Agency of the Child. The interactive workshops will be led by ACECQA's National Education Leader in partnership with the regulatory authority and Professional Support Coordinator (PSC) in Victoria.
Preschool Matters out now

Go to the ELAA website here to read the latest edition of Preschool Matters (Term 2, 2016).

This edition features stories about building resilience in urban children; safe transport for children with additional needs and creating a healthy early childhood service.

Early Talk - ELAA's blog

Read ELAA’s latest edition of Early Talk for a fascinating article by Bronwyn Hinz entitled Early Education for All. Bronwyn is a Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University and one of the authors of the report Quality Early Education for All: Fostering creative, entrepreneurial, resilient and capable learnersreleased last month. Bronwyn is also Vice President of Heathmont East Preschool, a community-managed, not-for-profit public preschool in Melbourne’s outer-east.
ELAA’s Training – book now for term 2! 
ELAA’s exciting training program is full of fantastic learning opportunities for educators and managers - book now for term 2!

NEW: Added due to popular demand!
Engaging and nurturing learning environments for babies and toddlers
When: Friday, 22 July, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Where: Manningham City Council Chambers, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster (free all day parking).
Cost: ELAA Member $150 / Non-member $225
Presented by Karen Glancy - download a flyer for more information or book on-line here.
Supporting pre-schoolers with conflict resolution
When: Thursday, 16 June, 7pm – 9.30pm
Where: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South (free parking).
Cost: ELAA member $65 / Non-member $80
Presented by Jo Lange – download a flyer for more information or book on-line here.
I’m no counsellor: how to support people in times of need and change
When: Friday, 24 June, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Where: Manningham City Council Chambers, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster (free all day parking).
Cost: ELAA Member $150 / Non-member $225
Presented by Anthony Semann - download a flyer for more information or book on-line here.

Safety: not just child’s play
When:  Thursday, 21 July April, 9am – 5pm (registrations 8.45am)
Where: Darebin Bowls Club, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury
Cost: ELAA Member $313.50 /Non-member $357.50

Presented by ELAA & Recovre, this seminar on OHS & Return to Work is tailored specifically to the needs of early childhood services.  The seminar provides practical information and guidance on how to manage risks by addressing the most common hazards faced in the early childhood sector, and what to do should an injury occur. 

Managers don't miss this important seminar – some feedback from the last seminar:

“Thank you very much. This was very informative and enjoyable” Allison Brain, Roseberry House ELC, Bentleigh.

“Extremely clear and relevant! A supportive and knowledgeable environment!” Rebecca, Gray Court Preschool, Mooroolbark.

“Really informative. Very much appreciated as you have now armed me with up to date and relevant information!” Tania Bianco, GEKA.

Download a flyer for more information or book on-line here.


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